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Pentagon Plans 20,000 New Jobs

By Ed O'Keefe

From Reuters:

President Barack Obama's Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new government jobs to help revamp the way it buys more than $100 billion of weapons each year, the Pentagon's No. 2 official told Congress.

The Pentagon also plans to tie more contract fee structures to performance and make deals spanning multiple years only when "real, substantial" savings result to taxpayers, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Lynn said the planned workforce growth would take place over the coming five years. Included would be more than 9,000 jobs at two Pentagon agencies that audit and manage contracts for everything from bullets to bombs to bread rolls.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
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Comments

This is just another example of outdated thinking in the government. At a time when successful companies are improving their supply chain management by establishing long term relationships with suppliers, the feds want to limit most contracts to one year. This is what happens when we continue to recycle the same people through key government posts and they bring with them the same methods they used 20 years ago. What happened to "real change?"

Posted by: bigtom6156 | May 7, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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